Definitions for curtainˈkɜr tn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cur•tainˈkɜr tn(n.)

  1. a hanging piece of fabric used to shut out the light from a window, adorn a room, increase privacy, etc.

    Category: Furniture

  2. a movable or folding screen used for similar purposes.

    Category: Furniture

  3. a movable drapery that hangs directly behind a proscenium arch and conceals the stage from the audience. the start or end of a performance, scene, act, or play, esp. the time at which a performance begins. an effect, line, or plot solution at the conclusion of a performance. (used as a direction in a script to indicate the end of a scene or act.)

    Category: Showbiz

  4. anything that shuts off, covers, or conceals:

    a curtain of artillery fire.

  5. Category: Architecture

    Ref: curtain wall.

  6. the part of a wall or rampart connecting two bastions or towers.

    Category: Fortification, Architecture

  7. curtains,Slang. the end; death, esp. by violence.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. (v.t.)to provide, shut off, conceal, or adorn with or as if with a curtain.

Idioms for curtain:

  1. draw the curtain on or over, to bring to a close. to keep secret.

    Category: Idiom

  2. lift the curtain on, to start. to make known or public; disclose.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of curtain:

1250–1300; ME co(u)rtine < OF < LL cortīna, prob. = L co(ho)rt-, s. of cohors (see court ) +-īna -ine1, as calque of Gk aulaía curtain, der. of aulḗ courtyard

Princeton's WordNet

  1. curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall(noun)

    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)

  2. curtain(verb)

    any barrier to communication or vision

    "a curtain of secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"

  3. curtain(verb)

    provide with drapery

    "curtain the bedrooms"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. curtain(noun)ˈkɜr tn

    a cloth for covering a window or opening

    to close the curtains; a shower curtain


  1. curtain(Noun)

    A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.

  2. curtain(Noun)

    A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.

  3. curtain(Noun)

    The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.

  4. curtain(Noun)


  5. curtain(Verb)

    To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.

  6. Origin: From cortine, from cortina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curtain(noun)

    a hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage

  2. Curtain(noun)

    that part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion

  3. Curtain(noun)

    that part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc

  4. Curtain(noun)

    a flag; an ensign; -- in contempt

  5. Curtain(verb)

    to inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains


  1. Curtain

    A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop. Although the words curtain and drape are commonly used interchangeably, drapes distinguish themselves by containing lining sewn onto the reverse side of the fabric. The purpose of lining is to protect drapes and interior spaces from damaging UV rays, the rotting of silks, adverse light conditions, and fading colored dyes. Linings also provide an immediate aesthetic purpose by adding to the drapeability of the fabric; added weight helps to anchor the drape and creates a more full and luxurious window treatment. Unlike windows with drapes, windows with curtains lack the added benefit of light control and will exhibit a striping effect during daylight hours; a term that describes a visible striped effect caused by uneven light distribution between the areas of the curtain where it rests in front of the window juxtaposed with where it rests in front of the wall.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'curtain' in Nouns Frequency: #1270

Translations for curtain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a piece of material hung up to act as a screen at a window, on a theatre stage etc

The maid drew the curtains; The curtain came down at the end of the play.

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